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'GRAFT PROBABLE CAUSE' - SANDIGAN ORDERS JV EJERCITO ARRESTED


APRIL 7 -SENATOR JOSEPH 'JV' EJERCITO The Sandiganbayan has ordered the arrest of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito for using San Juan’s calamity fund to buy firearms for the police in 2008 when he was the mayor of the city. Ejercito is a son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, a former President of the Philippines, with San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division issued a warrant for Ejercito’s arrest after finding probable cause to try the senator on graft charges. Click Here! “After perusing the information and carefully assessing the resolution of the Office of the Ombudsman, the evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, the court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause for the purpose of issuing a warrant of arrest in this case,” the court said in a resolution dated April 4. “I maintain my innocence and deny any wrongdoing in the purchase of high-powered firearms in 2008,” Ejercito said in a text message Wednesday. “I know I did nothing wrong, and that this case is undoubtedly politically motivated by oppositionists at the local scene,” he said. “Nevertheless, I will abide by the legal process and will prepare an adequate defense for this case,” he said. “I trust that the court of law will conduct fair proceedings and exercise wise judgment. In the end, I also hope to restore my honor and dignity as a senator of the Republic, and as a former San Juan City mayor who only thought of the protection and interests of the people of San Juan against lawless elements,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED, EJERCITO SAYS ZAMORAS BEHIND RESURRECTED CASE...

ALSO: JV Ejercito posts bail for graft charge


APRIL 7 -Senator JV Ejercito. IMAGE BY RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on Thursday posted his P30,000 bail from graft over the allegedly anomalous purchase of high-powered firearms when he was San Juan mayor. A check with the Sandiganbayan cashier’s office showed that Ejercito paid his bail in cash around 9 a.m. As of press time, Ejercito is at the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division clerk of court for the booking procedure. Ejercito posted bail after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division issued an arrest warrant against him after it found probable cause to try him for graft. “After perusing the Information and carefully assessing the resolution of the Office of the Ombudsman, the evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, the Court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause for purpose of issuing warrant of arrest in this case,” the court said in a resolution dated April 4. Also issued warrants were Ejercito’s co-accused–city administrator Ranulfo Dacalos, treasurer Rosalinda Marasigan, attorney Romualdo delos Santos, budget officer Lorenza Ching and engineer Danilo Mercardo. Ejercito was charged for graft over the anomalous purchase of high-powered rifles worth P2.1 million using calamity funds when he was San Juan mayor in 2008. According to the information, Ejercito conspired with other city officials to purchase high-powered firearms in February 2008 using the city’s calamity fund as “investment for disaster preparedness.” The city council then passed a city ordinance allowing Ejercito to buy the firearms for the city’s police department. Ejercito approved the purchase even though the city was not under a state of calamity when the purchase was made. The firearms bought using the city’s calamity fund include: three units of model K2 cal. 5.56mm sub-machine guns and 17 units of Daewoo model K1 cal. 5.56 mm sub-machine guns. READ MORE...

ALSO: 'NAPOLES PORK SCAM' - P205-M plunder case filed vs Bongbong


APRIL 8 -In a protest action in front of the anti-graft agency’s main office along Agham Road in Quezon City, iBBM accused Sen. Bongbong Marcos, a vice presidential candidate, of being one of the lawmakers who had illegal transactions with pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Senate PRIB, file
Filing a P205-million plunder complaint yesterday, a group calling itself the iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) is asking the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. In a protest action in front of the anti-graft agency’s main office along Agham Road in Quezon City, iBBM accused Marcos, a vice presidential candidate, of being one of the lawmakers who had illegal transactions with pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. “So plunders the father, so plunders the son,” group spokesperson Rafaela David said in a statement upon the filing of the plunder complaint, which is supported by nine special allotment release orders (SAROs) showing that Marcos channeled his pork barrel or priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs). Also named respondents in the complaint were Napoles and Senate consultant Catherine Mae Santos, who should allegedly be likewise held administratively liable for gross abuse of authority, misconduct and neglect of duty. Marcos said yesterday that the filing of plunder charges against him is part of the political demolition job and selective justice of the Aquino administration. During his unity caravan in Las Piñas City, Marcos said that he is not surprised by the filing of the plunder case against him before the Office of the Ombudsman over PDAF scam. READ MORE...RELATED, Noy’s selective justice crackdown eyes Marcos...

ALSO: ON RAPS VS MARCOS, JV ARREST - WHY ONLY NOW? ENRILE ASKS


APRIL 8 -ENRILE
SENATE minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday questioned the timing of the filing of plunder charges against vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the issuance of an arrest order against Sen. JV Ejercito, both members of the opposition, last Wednesday. “The timing is suspect,” Enrile told reporters during the weekly Kapihan sa Senado. “Why now? Campaign period na. Because he is a candidate for vice president and critical of the administration?” he added. Marcos on Wednesday said the Aquino administration is behind the filing of plunder charges against him and the move is part of a plot to derail his vice presidential bid. Yesterday, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. advised Marcos to focus on his defense instead of blaming President Aquino for the plunder and graft complaints filed against him by a youth coalition. Coloma said neither the President nor Malacañang had a hand in the complaint filed by the iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) group. “Contrary to the claims of Senator Marcos, government has no involvement in the reported case for plunder filed against him by an anti-corruption group. If the good senator strongly believes that he has nothing to do with the charges leveled against him, it is best that he respond in the proper forum” Coloma said. The iBalik ang Bilyones ng Ma77mamayan (iBBM) is a coalition of youth organizations against corruption. The group’s spokeswoman, Rafaela David, is a leader of the youth group Akbayan which is allied with Malacañang. Some of Akbayan’s leaders are holding government posts, like Ronald Llamas who is presidential adviser on political affairs. Another member, former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros, is running for senator under the administration’s Daang Matuwid coalition. Marcos yesterday reiterated that the attack against him is just part of politics but said he will not be goaded to engage in mudslinging. “Napakalaki ng atensyon sa akin (at) salamat naman sa walang tigil na pagpansin sa aking kandidatura. Pero part yan ng politika, (at) sa mga nangyayari sa akin ang supporter ko ang dumadami, hindi yung bumabatikos,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Cielito Habito - A brainwashed generation?
[So if we want to ask, ‘Was [Ferdinand E.] Marcos a great President?’ we will let the child arrive at that conclusion.” Perhaps that change, if indeed effectively executed in our schools, could lead, maybe 10 or so years later, to a perspective different from what our young voters now predominantly have. Meanwhile, some of my friends are betting, without necessarily welcoming it, that Bongbong Marcos will be our next vice president.]


APRIL 7 -Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II
Many are expressing wonder at how the prospect of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. winning the vice presidency has become so real, despite what seems to be seen by most in my generation as the negative legacy of the Marcos dictatorship. The latest polls show him either tied for the lead, if not solely in the lead, for the second top position of the land. I’ve heard friends remark that the more his detractors, including President Aquino himself, talk of the elder Marcos’ human rights abuses and economic plunder, the stronger the son’s numbers get. Many lament the loss of the “spirit of Edsa” just 30 years after that crucial turning point in the nation’s history. I was with my esteemed ex-boss, former president Fidel V. Ramos, last week at the annual meeting of his Ramos Peace and Development Foundation. We discussed the EDSA@30 lecture series, where FVR and others closely associated with the People Power Revolution have spoken about the martial law years to young people in 18 university campuses nationwide so far. He told us that a sentiment that is consistently raised by their young audiences is a perception of the Marcos era as golden years when the country enjoyed strong discipline and a strong economy. It appears that this is the image firmly implanted in the minds of today’s young Filipinos, who now make up the bulk of our voting population. Indeed, we must realize that every Filipino 30 years old and below was born after the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship, and their only image of those dark years of our history came primarily from what they’ve read in their high school history books. Some would have heard accounts from their parents, especially those who were direct victims of the repressive regime. READ MORE...


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Sandigan orders JV Ejercito arrested
[COURT SETS P30K BAIL IN GUNS PURCHASE CASE]


SENATOR JOSEPH 'JV' EJERCITO

MANILA, APRIL 11, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Dona Z. Pazzibugan @inquirerdotnet April 7th, 2016 - The Sandiganbayan has ordered the arrest of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito for using San Juan’s calamity fund to buy firearms for the police in 2008 when he was the mayor of the city.

Ejercito is a son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, a former President of the Philippines, with San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez.

The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division issued a warrant for Ejercito’s arrest after finding probable cause to try the senator on graft charges.

Click Here! “After perusing the information and carefully assessing the resolution of the Office of the Ombudsman, the evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, the court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause for the purpose of issuing a warrant of arrest in this case,” the court said in a resolution dated April 4.

“I maintain my innocence and deny any wrongdoing in the purchase of high-powered firearms in 2008,” Ejercito said in a text message Wednesday.

“I know I did nothing wrong, and that this case is undoubtedly politically motivated by oppositionists at the local scene,” he said.

“Nevertheless, I will abide by the legal process and will prepare an adequate defense for this case,” he said.

“I trust that the court of law will conduct fair proceedings and exercise wise judgment. In the end, I also hope to restore my honor and dignity as a senator of the Republic, and as a former San Juan City mayor who only thought of the protection and interests of the people of San Juan against lawless elements,” he added.

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The court also ordered the arrest of Ejercito’s coaccused—San Juan City administrator Ranulfo Dacalos, treasurer Rosalinda Marasigan, city attorney Romualdo de los Santos, budget officer Lorenza Ching and city engineer Danilo Mercado.

Dacalos, Marasigan, De los Santos, Ching and Mercado served on the bids and awards committee of the city government that supervised the acquisition of the firearms.

They had been ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Ejercito and his coaccused can be released temporarily on bail of P30,000 each on one count of graft, according to the warrant signed by Associate Justice Rafael Lagos, acting chair of the Fifth Division, and sent to the police chiefs of San Juan City and Quezon City.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales indicted Ejercito and his coaccused in the Sandiganbayan last month, alleging graft and technical malversation involving the use of P2.1 million from San Juan City’s calamity fund to buy submachine guns for the city police in February 2008.

Morales found irregular the use of the city’s calamity fund to buy three Daewoo K2 submachine guns and 17 Daewoo K1 submachine guns.

The submachine guns are made by Daewoo Precision Industries of South Korea and chambered for the 5.56mm ammunition.

Conspiracy

According to the information filed by the Ombudsman, Ejercito conspired with other city officials to buy high-powered firearms using the city’s calamity fund, calling the purchase an “investment for disaster preparedness.”

The San Juan City Council passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of the firearms.

Morales rejected Ejercito’s claim that the firearms purchase was an investment in disaster preparedness, citing a circular jointly issued by the Department of Budget and the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2003 that does not list firearms among things necessary for disaster relief and mitigation.

The Ombudsman also pointed out that San Juan was not under a state of calamity at the time of the purchase of the firearms.

Ombudsman prosecutors said in the information that the purchase of the firearms was done with haste, without “competitive bidding and without any postqualification bolstered by bid documents bearing dates earlier than the publication of the invitation to bid, showing that unwarranted benefit, advantage and preference were accorded to the supplier.”

Technical malversation

Ejercito, whose Senate term runs up to 2019, was also charged with technical malversation over the purchase of the submachine guns.

Also accused of technical malversation were former San Juan Vice Mayor Leonardo Celles and 13 councilors—Andoni Carballo, Vincent Pacheco, Angelino Mendoza, Dante Santiago, Rolando Bernardo, Grace Pardines, Domingo Sese, Francis Peralta, Edgardo Soriano, Jannah Ejercito-Surla, Francisco Zamora (the current vice mayor), Ramon Nakpil and Joseph Christopher Torralba.

The Ombudsman accused them of giving Ejercito authority to use calamity funds to buy the firearms.

The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division, which is handling the case, has yet to issue a resolution. With reports from Marc Jayson Cayabyab, Inquirer.net; and Inquirer Research

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EJERCITO SAYS ZAMORAS BEHIND RESURRECTED CASE By JP LOPEZ April 08, 2016 SEN. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito yesterday accused “the Zamoras” of reviving the decade-old graft charge filed against him in connection with the purchase of firearms during his incumbency as mayor of San Juan City.

He was referring to the political family in San Juan.

Ejercito is the son of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada with incumbent San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Gomez is being challenged in the mayoralty race by San Juan City Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, son of San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, erstwhile ally of the Estradas.

Ejercito said only the Zamoras could be behind the resurrection of the case.

He made the remark as he posted a P30,000-bail before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, a day after he was ordered arrested for the alleged anomalous purchase of P2.1 million worth of high-powered firearms in 2008 when he was mayor of San Juan City.

The senator maintained he would not destroy the integrity of his name for the P2.1-million transaction which he said underwent legal processes.

“Hindi ko naman sisirain ang pangalan ko dahil sa P2.1 million transaction. P2 million lang at andiyan pa ang mga baril, gamit pa ng mga pulis,” Ejercito said.

He said he wondered why the Ombudsman acted on a complaint by an “anonymous” complainant.

“Anonymous ang complainant. Bakit naman papatulan ng Ombudsman. Sobrang cheap talaga. Kaolokohan!” he said.

“Hindi na na-considera ng Ombudsman ang arguments namin. Parang iyong complaint sheet ang in-adapt lang. Hindi na binasa ang depensa. Malinaw doon na walang technical malversation,” he added.


INQUIRER

JV Ejercito posts bail for graft charge By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net
09:47 AM April 7th, 2016


Senator JV Ejercito. IMAGE BY RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on Thursday posted his P30,000 bail from graft over the allegedly anomalous purchase of high-powered firearms when he was San Juan mayor.

A check with the Sandiganbayan cashier’s office showed that Ejercito paid his bail in cash around 9 a.m.

As of press time, Ejercito is at the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division clerk of court for the booking procedure.

Ejercito posted bail after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division issued an arrest warrant against him after it found probable cause to try him for graft.

“After perusing the Information and carefully assessing the resolution of the Office of the Ombudsman, the evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, the Court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause for purpose of issuing warrant of arrest in this case,” the court said in a resolution dated April 4.

Also issued warrants were Ejercito’s co-accused–city administrator Ranulfo Dacalos, treasurer Rosalinda Marasigan, attorney Romualdo delos Santos, budget officer Lorenza Ching and engineer Danilo Mercardo.

Ejercito was charged for graft over the anomalous purchase of high-powered rifles worth P2.1 million using calamity funds when he was San Juan mayor in 2008.

According to the information, Ejercito conspired with other city officials to purchase high-powered firearms in February 2008 using the city’s calamity fund as “investment for disaster preparedness.”

The city council then passed a city ordinance allowing Ejercito to buy the firearms for the city’s police department.

Ejercito approved the purchase even though the city was not under a state of calamity when the purchase was made.

The firearms bought using the city’s calamity fund include: three units of model K2 cal. 5.56mm sub-machine guns and 17 units of Daewoo model K1 cal. 5.56 mm sub-machine guns.

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The purchase of the firearms was done with haste without “competitive bidding and without any post-qualification, bolstered by bid documents bearing dates earlier than the publication of the invitation to bid, showing that an unwarranted benefit, advantage and preference was accorded to the supplier,” the prosecutors said.

READ: Sen. JV Ejercito denies firearms purchase, maintains innocence

The Ombudsman cited the joint circular between the Departments of Budget and Management as well as of Interior and Local Government which did not include high-powered firearms among the items needed for disaster relief and mitigation.
Ejercito will serve as senator until 2019.

Ejercito was also charged with technical malversation with San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora over the anomalous purchase of the firearms before the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division.

READ: JV Ejercito, San Juan VM Zamora face graft raps over P2.1-M gun deal

Zamora and Ejercito’s mother incumbent mayor Guia Gomez will run against each other for San Juan mayor in the coming May 9 polls.

The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has yet to issue the arrest warrant against Ejercito and Zamora.

The antigraft court Fifth Division is also hearing the plunder case of Ejercito’s half brother Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center over his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Jinggoy is Loi Ejercito’s son, while JV is Gomez’s son, with former president Joseph Estrada.

In 2007, now Manila mayor Estrada was convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan on jueteng kickbacks. He was later pardoned by then president Gloria Arroyo. CDG


PHILSTAR

P205-M plunder case filed vs Bongbong (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 6 googleplus0 0


In a protest action in front of the anti-graft agency’s main office along Agham Road in Quezon City, iBBM accused Sen. Bongbong Marcos, a vice presidential candidate, of being one of the lawmakers who had illegal transactions with pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Senate PRIB, file

MANILA, Philippines – Filing a P205-million plunder complaint yesterday, a group calling itself the iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) is asking the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

In a protest action in front of the anti-graft agency’s main office along Agham Road in Quezon City, iBBM accused Marcos, a vice presidential candidate, of being one of the lawmakers who had illegal transactions with pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

“So plunders the father, so plunders the son,” group spokesperson Rafaela David said in a statement upon the filing of the plunder complaint, which is supported by nine special allotment release orders (SAROs) showing that Marcos channeled his pork barrel or priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs).

Also named respondents in the complaint were Napoles and Senate consultant Catherine Mae Santos, who should allegedly be likewise held administratively liable for gross abuse of authority, misconduct and neglect of duty.

Marcos said yesterday that the filing of plunder charges against him is part of the political demolition job and selective justice of the Aquino administration.

During his unity caravan in Las Piñas City, Marcos said that he is not surprised by the filing of the plunder case against him before the Office of the Ombudsman over PDAF scam.

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“That’s the problem with us. Everything is all about politics. Justice becomes politics,” he said in a mix of Filipino and English. “That’s what they do, if you’re not an ally you will be charged. If you’re an ally even if you’re involved they do nothing. That’s why we are victims.”

Marcos said the filing of the case a month before the elections and at the height of the campaign season is yet another way of derailing his vice presidential bid.

Among the evidence of the iBBM is an Aug. 22, 2014 statement from Marcos’ office which admitted that he requested a municipal mayor of General Nakar, Quezon to tap the services of the Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation Inc. (SDPFFI) in implementing the senator’s pork barrel projects.

“These SAROs constitute part of the (Benhur) Luy files, which saw that Marcos Jr. himself was directly involved in stealing the people’s money,” David claimed. Luy is a former employee of Napoles who turned state witness against his former boss and the erring lawmakers.

“Marcos himself admitted that he instructed the LGU (local government unit) to use a Napoles NGO. Why would Bongbong Marcos give special instructions to deal with SDPFFI when they had no known address, projects or reputation to speak of,” added Marlon Cornelio, also of iBBM.

“Marcos’ implication in the Napoles scam clearly demonstrates that Marcos is not detached from his parents’ legacy of corruption and plunder. Marcos was an accomplice in his family’s crimes during the martial law years,” he added.

SDPFFI, based on a Commission on Audit (COA) report and investigation conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman, is one of the allegedly fake NGOs created to implement ghost or fictitious projects using the pork barrel funds of lawmakers.

“This complaint is also filed to seek justice for the people of the Philippines whose tax money, intended for development, has instead been defrauded through official acts and the abuse and neglect of official responsibility on behalf of public office-holders,” iBBM’s complaint said.

Several legislators, including incumbent Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, have been indicted before the Sandiganbayan for alleged involvement in the anomaly.

Under the scheme, lawmakers are allegedly given kickbacks, commissions or rebates in exchange for funding projects that are never implemented. – With Perseus Echeminada, Christina Mendez

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Noy’s selective justice crackdown eyes Marcos Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 07 April 2016 00:00



In what is now a daily fare, another opposition candidate, poll-leading vice presidential candidate Sen.Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, was charged with plunder yesterday by an obscure group before the Office of the Ombudsman for his alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel scam which was allegedly masterminded by trader Janet Lim Napoles.

The plunder charge against Marcos was filed by a group called iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM).

The previous day, the Ombudsman announced the filing of charges against United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet former Special Action Force (SAF) director Getulio Napeñas and UNA ally Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia.

Also yesterday, the Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of opposition Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) Sen. JV Ejercito.

Marcos is considered a prime target for an administration smear drive since President Aquino indicated earlier that a Marcos should not be allowed to step into Malacañang again and that he is clearly a prime choice for the vice presidential race based on the latest surveys.

The senator is the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who was booted out of power in the 1986 People Power revolt that installed to the presidency Cory Aquino, the incumbent’s mother.

Marcos said he is not anymore surprised by the filing of plunder charges against him before the Office of the Ombudsman over the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) saying it is yet another example of the present administration’s long-standing tradition of selective justice.

“That’s our problem. Everything is all about politics. Even our justice system is now being politicized. If you’re not an ally, you will be charged. But if you’re an ally, even if you have been linked to anomalies, they will just turn a blind eye. ,” he said.

Marcos further stated the filing of the raps one month before the elections at the height of the campaign season is yet another way of derailing his vice presidential bid.

“Of course, it is being used as a weapon against me. That is their nature. If they cannot make their candidates win, then they just throw (legal) problems at their opponents,” he said.

The senator added that the case filed against him is an old issue.

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Alleged PDAF mastermind Janet Lim Napoles had long cleared Marcos of his involvement in the controversy in the judicial affidavit she submitted before the Senate blue ribbon committee at the height of the hearings.

The senator further stated that this is the kind of system that he wants to change in his advocacy for unity and the bringing back of meritocracy in government.

“That’s why wee need to change and restore everything to good governance. We have to remember that it is important that government is still based on merits, not on politics,” he pointed out.

PDAF case resurrected

Rafaela David, spokesman of IBBM, filed the 18-page complaint before the Ombudsman against Marcos and his former consultant Catherine Mae “Maya” Santos and Napoles.

The group urged the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to conduct a probe against the three for their alleged violation of Republic Act 7080 or the Anti-Plunder Law which is a non-bailable offense.


The group of David in their complaint alleged that Marcos allocated P205-million worth of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to six non-governmental organizations (NGOs) closely identified with Napoles.


NAPOLES

Napoles, who is currently languishing at the Correctional Institute for Women (WIW) after she was found guilty of illegal detention filed by whistleblower Benhur Luy, is also a co-accused with other lawmakers charged with plunder before the Sandiganbayan.

The Marcos complaint came after his fellow senators namely Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who have been claiming selective justice as most of those being charged are opposition personalities, were charged and jailed also in connection with the pork barrel fund alleged misallocation.

The complaint was filed two years later and is merely 34 days before the May 9, 2016 national elections.

According to the complaint the pork barrel of Marcos was released to the NGOs linked with Napoles through nine Special Allotment Release Order (SAROs) issued from October 2011 to January 2013.

Printed copies of the ledger of Luy which was has been presented during the bail hearing of both Estrada and Revilla and was heavily questioned by the defense panel was used as attachment by the iBBM in its complaint filed before the Ombudsman.

The ledger of Luy was printed from the hard disc drive of Luy right after he was rescued by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after he was allegedly abducted by accused Napoles.

The hard disc drive based on Luy contained the records of the Napoles-linked NGOs’ transaction with several lawmakers regarding their PDAF-funded projects and their commission to the projects they entered into.

The printed ledger was one of the primary evidence of the state prosecutors against accused Enrile, Estrada and Revilla along with the sworn affidavits of Luy and other witnesses presented by the prosecution panel.

The IBBM claimed in its complaint the release of the nine SAROs to the fake NGOs allegedly owned by Napoles were recorded in Luy’s ledger which was first published on May 14, 2014 on broadsheet newspaper.

The SARO according to the group constitute part of the file of Luy showing Marcos was directly involved in stealing the people’s money.

The IBBM also alleged that the millions of pork barrel funds that were released did not reached the intended beneficiaries which is in in violation of RA 7080.

Marcos claimed said he was not surprised to learn that he’s being made to face criminal charges.

Such move, he said, is yet another example of the present administration’s long-standing tradition of selective justice and could only be aimed at derailing his vice presidential bid considering that the filing came at the height of the campaign season.
With Alvin Murcia, Charlie V. Manalo, Angie M. Rosales


MALAYA

WHY ONLY NOW? ENRILE ON RAPS VS MARCOS, ARREST ORDER FOR JV By JP LOPEZ and JO... April 08, 2016


ENRILE

SENATE minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday questioned the timing of the filing of plunder charges against vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the issuance of an arrest order against Sen. JV Ejercito, both members of the opposition, last Wednesday.

“The timing is suspect,” Enrile told reporters during the weekly Kapihan sa Senado.

“Why now? Campaign period na. Because he is a candidate for vice president and critical of the administration?” he added.

Marcos on Wednesday said the Aquino administration is behind the filing of plunder charges against him and the move is part of a plot to derail his vice presidential bid.

Yesterday, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. advised Marcos to focus on his defense instead of blaming President Aquino for the plunder and graft complaints filed against him by a youth coalition.

Coloma said neither the President nor Malacañang had a hand in the complaint filed by the iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) group.

“Contrary to the claims of Senator Marcos, government has no involvement in the reported case for plunder filed against him by an anti-corruption group. If the good senator strongly believes that he has nothing to do with the charges leveled against him, it is best that he respond in the proper forum” Coloma said.

The iBalik ang Bilyones ng Ma77mamayan (iBBM) is a coalition of youth organizations against corruption. The group’s spokeswoman, Rafaela David, is a leader of the youth group Akbayan which is allied with Malacañang. Some of Akbayan’s leaders are holding government posts, like Ronald Llamas who is presidential adviser on political affairs. Another member, former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros, is running for senator under the administration’s Daang Matuwid coalition.

Marcos yesterday reiterated that the attack against him is just part of politics but said he will not be goaded to engage in mudslinging.

“Napakalaki ng atensyon sa akin (at) salamat naman sa walang tigil na pagpansin sa aking kandidatura. Pero part yan ng politika, (at) sa mga nangyayari sa akin ang supporter ko ang dumadami, hindi yung bumabatikos,” he said.

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He said he expected that more attacks will be thrown at him in the remaining weeks leading to the May 9 elections especially that the criticisms appear to be coming from President Aquino himself. He stressed that the President for the past several weeks have led the attacks against his vice presidential bid.

IN MARCOS’ FAVOR

Enrile said the filing of charges would work favorably for Marcos’ candidacy because Ilocanos would unite more behind Marcos if they see he is being persecuted by the Aquino administration.

“He will be elected even if he is in jail. In fact, that case will make him more (popular). And not only that, it will make the Ilocanos more determined to put all their votes for him,” he said.

He said even Ilocanos based in Mindanao will rally behind Marcos.

“You know, the Ilocano votes run all the way to Mindanao. Thirty percent Ilocano in North Cotabato, 30 percent Ilocano in Sultan Kudarat,” he said.

On Ejercito, Enrile said the issuance of the arrest order is politically motivated.

Ejercito is accused of approving an unlawful diversion of P2.1 million from San Juan City’s calamity fund for the procurement of high-powered firearms for the city’s police force in 2008 when he was city mayor.

Enrile said there are other lawmakers who are accused of misuse or diversion of government funds but have not been charged in court, particularly those belonging to the ruling Liberal Party.

“I don’t want to name them because many of them are my friends, and the amounts involving them are much, much bigger than those involving the likes of us,” he said.

Enrile was detained for about a year for his alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund. He was released on bail in August last year. Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. remain in detention for the same alleged offenses.


INQUIRER

A brainwashed generation? By: Cielito F. Habito Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:36 AM April 7th, 2016


Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II

Many are expressing wonder at how the prospect of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. winning the vice presidency has become so real, despite what seems to be seen by most in my generation as the negative legacy of the Marcos dictatorship.

The latest polls show him either tied for the lead, if not solely in the lead, for the second top position of the land. I’ve heard friends remark that the more his detractors, including President Aquino himself, talk of the elder Marcos’ human rights abuses and economic plunder, the stronger the son’s numbers get. Many lament the loss of the “spirit of Edsa” just 30 years after that crucial turning point in the nation’s history.

I was with my esteemed ex-boss, former president Fidel V. Ramos, last week at the annual meeting of his Ramos Peace and Development Foundation. We discussed the EDSA@30 lecture series, where FVR and others closely associated with the People Power Revolution have spoken about the martial law years to young people in 18 university campuses nationwide so far.

He told us that a sentiment that is consistently raised by their young audiences is a perception of the Marcos era as golden years when the country enjoyed strong discipline and a strong economy. It appears that this is the image firmly implanted in the minds of today’s young Filipinos, who now make up the bulk of our voting population.

Indeed, we must realize that every Filipino 30 years old and below was born after the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship, and their only image of those dark years of our history came primarily from what they’ve read in their high school history books. Some would have heard accounts from their parents, especially those who were direct victims of the repressive regime.

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 But given the unfortunate but all too common reality of parents being too busy to participate more actively in their children’s education, it’s more likely that the history books have been the more telling influence. And it seems that while no one was looking, a whole generation of Filipinos’ view of martial law was distorted by history textbooks written by authors who, for one reason or another, may have been too kind to the former leader.

That the phrases “strong discipline” and “strong economy” reportedly kept coming up from Ramos’ EDSA@30 audiences could be a mere reflection of how their history textbooks described the Marcos era.

This reminds me of a letter I received 11 years ago from a concerned reader who wrote to express his disgust upon seeing his son’s fourth year high school economics textbook, “Economics: Theories and Principles,” published by Vibal Publishing House and authored by Teofista Vivar, Evelina Viloria, Julia Rillo, Exuferencia Mina, Purificacion Jacob and Julius Espero.

He wrote me then: “I was flabbergasted to note that in Chapter 2 (page 22-23) of said book, under ‘Economic Highlights of the Administrations’: (1) Under the [Corazon] Aquino administration, the only accomplishment identified was ‘The US bases were dismantled,’ (2) the Ramos administration was totally omitted (i.e., as if it never existed at all), and (3) under Estrada’s regime 10 economic accomplishments were listed, the most cited under

ALL the administrations since President Roxas (1946-48).” I bought a copy of the textbook then and confirmed his complaint.

It doesn’t take a historian or economist to detect an obvious political bias on the part of those authors.

For them to more than subtly manifest such bias and mislead young minds in the process is reprehensible, to say the least. Young students ought to have a fair account of the accomplishments of all administrations, regardless of the authors’ personal biases. It would seem that the Department of Education had been remiss in exercising proper quality control over the textbooks our children are reading. Such blatant bias, let alone factual errors, has no place in our children’s school textbooks.

If that was in fact the kind of quality control we had on our school textbooks 10 years ago, then I’m not surprised that today’s young Filipinos had it ingrained in their minds that the years of the Marcos dictatorship were “golden years.”

Some now even apparently believe that Marcos was our best president ever. That image, imprinted firmly in the minds of millions of young Filipinos because that’s what they gathered from their high school history books, will be impossible to change in the course of a national election campaign.

Four years ago, the DepEd, apparently realizing the problem, announced a “new approach” to teaching students about martial law. Observing that students base their knowledge on what is in the textbooks, Education Secretary Armin Luistro espoused a new approach whereby students will be taught the facts about when, how and why Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed martial law.

 “But they will also be taught to look at other primary sources where they can dig up more information about what happened during that period, and which can include the disappearances or killings,” Luistro said. “They will be taught to reflect about how all those events have shaped their lives and communities… [and] in so doing, they can come to their own judgment of how martial law went. So if we want to ask, ‘Was Marcos a great President?’ we will let the child arrive at that conclusion.”

Perhaps that change, if indeed effectively executed in our schools, could lead, maybe 10 or so years later, to a perspective different from what our young voters now predominantly have.

Meanwhile, some of my friends are betting, without necessarily welcoming it, that Bongbong Marcos will be our next vice president.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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